CHESHIRE — If you’re looking for something fun to do around town as a family, you won’t have to wait much longer.
Cheshire’s Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Cheshire Lions Club to come up with a plan to show off Bartlem Park South along the walking trail.
“Tim Weed with Cheshire Parks and Recreation reached out to me with a proposal to have the Lions create safari animals in a portion of the old Chapman Farm,” Lions Club Membership Chair Tony Cipriano explained. “The town will be installing them once we finish making them.”
Club members will make a total of eight animals to display along the trail.
“The material for the animals was purchased by the Cheshire Lions Club and subsequent labor in painting is being provided by members,” Cipriano said, adding that Creative Dimensions of Cheshire donated equipment and manpower to cut out the animal designs.
Cipriano said the Cheshire Lions Club strives to better the community with innovation and energy. The Lions were thrilled to be a part of this “open air” display, he said, “which we hope will be a walking experience for kids and their parents. The Lions Club can’t wait for them to be on display in Bartlem Park this spring.”
On a recent Saturday morning, Lions Club members Colette and Andy Anderson spent the day meticulously painting a 12-foot-tall giraffe in their backyard.
Other club members were painting other animals, like a hippo and an elephant. A giraffe figure was made in sections, but to paint, Colette Anderson worked on the fully-assembled animal. Yellow paint was used for the majority of the giraffe's body along with some brown accents. Colette Anderson outlined the eyes and ears in black paint using a thin brush.
The cutout was laid out over several tables to accommodate its size, taking up a good portion of the Andersons’ backyard.